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Eloise is a series of books created by Kay Thompson and Hilary Knight, They follow the misadventures of a six-year-old girl who lives in the Plaza Hotel in New York City and for the staff and guests who stay there.


Tropes associated with this series are:

  • Anachronism Stew: The two Live-Action Adaptations starring Sofia Vassilieva were ostensibly set in the 1950s, based on the clothing and certain vehicles, but it seems like the producers forgot to keep it true to Kay Thompson's 1950s setting. Cars from the 1990s and early 21st century appear in certain scenes, and a montage shot of the MetLife building and several other present-day structures, particularly Times Square at the time the film was shown, showed up halfway through.
  • Animated Adaptation: Had an animated series that only ran for 13 episodes.
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  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Eloise tends to do this in the adaptations where she often if not always addresses the viewer while narrating her adventures.
  • Cheerful Child: Eloise is almost always happy.
  • Creator Cameo: Series illustrator and co-creator Hilary Knight appeared as himself in the film, drawing Eloise and Leon as the latter two take a stroll throughout Manhattan.
  • Creepy Doll: Saylor, a beaten-up old plastic baby doll.
  • The Faceless: Eloise's mother arrives at the hotel at the end of Eloise at Christmastime but the camera never shows her her full face.
  • Hotel Hellion: Eloise is said to be the Trope Maker, considering her propensity to cause mischief in and around the Plaza Hotel.
  • Live-Action Adaptation: Got two of them in 2003, Eloise at the Plaza and a Christmas Episode, Eloise at Christmastime. Both starring Medium actress Sofia Vassilieva.
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  • No Name Given: Nanny is simply called 'nanny', even adults call her this and her own brother! Also, Eloise's mother's name is never mentioned.
  • Official Cosplay Gear: In line with the 60th anniversary of the series, Rachel Riley released a series of designer children's outfits and accessories inspired by the character, including this blouse and suspender skirt set. Prior to Riley, similarly-themed clothing for girls based on the character were sold in the 1950s at Neiman Marcus and other upscale boutiques.
  • Only One Name: Eloise's family name is never brought up.
  • Parental Abandonment: Eloise's mother is traveling in Europe and Paris doing unknown business and her father is never seen or mentioned.
  • Pretty in Mink: In one book Eloise travels to Russia, and she gets a fur coat for the trip.
  • Rule of Three: Nanny and Eloise usually use a final word of a sentence in three times for emphasis.
  • Verbal Tic: Eloise and Nanny's repetition, and Eloise describing everything with "this [X]"

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